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Andrew Gunadie aka Gunarolla heads to Southeast Asia for Luna New Year, and travel photographer Lily Rose checks in at a once-in-a-lifetime beach resort in Bora Bora.

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- Hey, I'm Andrew, also known as gunnarolla. Musician, world traveler, and rain maker. Oh my god, it's pouring, oh no! I'm heading out to Asia for the 15 days of Lunar New Year. I'm expecting parades, fireworks, and a ton of good food. Sorry, Hello Kitty, I think we have to cut you open. You never really know what to expect or who you'll meet when you travel solo, and that is the most exciting part for me. Let's go. Lunar New Year's one of the most exciting times to be in Asia, so I thought it'd be really cool to come here and experience it firsthand. We're gonna start off in Hong Kong, head over to Thailand and Singapore, and then end in Taiwan. I've never been during this time of the year, and I'm sure the celebrations are gonna be wild. All right, we've arrived in Hong Kong. I'm super excited to see all of the Lunar New Year stuff that they've got going on. There's gonna be a parade, there's gonna be fireworks, and lots of really good food; lots of really good food. I'm super excited for that. Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities in Asia, and it's a great way to introduce someone to Asian culture. There's a lot that's familiar about it. It's a fusion of traditional and modern. It's very dense but very easy to get around, and there's always something going on. So the first thing we're gonna do in Hong Kong, obviously, is get some dim sum, but not just any dim sum, we're getting Hello Kitty-themed dim sum. Let's check it out. Oh, my god. Check this they, like, etched Hello Kitty into the table. Oh my god, it's a Hello Kitty teapot. How come only one of the Hello Kitties has eyes? You ever wondered what Hello Kitty looked like without a face? Do you think it's someone's job back there to come in in the morning and cut out Hello Kitty bows? Best job ever. I don't know if I can eat this, it's so cute. Sorry Hello Kitty, I think we have to cut you open. How do I do this? I don't want to hurt her. Oh, she's a tough one. Oh my god, she's got a mouth now. Waa, waa, help me! Poor kitty. The food is good. All right, so I'm heading to Victoria Park, where they have a flower market. This is the place to be on New Year's Eve. Here I am, I'm gonna get hit by a tram. Oh my god. Where is Victoria Park? I can see people with flowers, but I don't know where they're getting them from. This place has a lot going on. All right, I was expecting a cute little flower market, but this is a full-on carnival. They have games, they have food, they have people selling stuff. Candied strawberry. There's so much cute food-themed stuff. I'm dying, I wanna buy it all. Flower market was a bit intense, so we are just gonna relax now on a Star Ferry to Kowloon. Okay, that was the most relaxing thing ever, and it only cost three Hong Kong dollars. I get so jealous of cities that make it easy and pretty cheap to get around, even though Hong Kong is a packed city. There are locals and tourists everywhere right now. I'm pretty sure they're all trying to get a good spot for the parade tonight. ♪ I think we're golden ♪ I thought there were a lot of people at the flower market, but this is a next level. Even still, it's like a controlled chaos. Everyone seems pretty respectful and we can still move around, so it's not too annoying. There are so many options for food in Hong Kong. If you want traditional or fusion or Michelin starred restaurants, the tricky part is trying to get a seat anywhere. Oh my god. I think it's hard to go wrong with food in Hong Kong. That was a weird rhyme, but it was good. Hong Kong knows how to do sound and light stuff, and the firework show tonight is supposed to be epic, but I'm gonna enjoy it from the comfort of my hotel. All right, gonna attempt to go outside onto Nipen road, see what kind of crowds we're dealing with. - Am I in your-- - I think you are. She's photo-bombing me with her selfie stick. So I made a friend; I didn't even get your name. What's your name? - My name is Gugu. - Where are you from originally? - South Africa. - And where are you based out of now? - Korea. - Korea. - Okay, the first three days of Lunar New Year in Hong Kong were incredible. The food was amazing, I got to be part of the energy and the excitements around the New Year, and of course, I even made random friends. I don't think I've been around that many people at one time ever in my life, so I'm really looking forward to just kind of chilling out in Thailand for a bit before we head over to Singapore for their big parade. - [Announcer] Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Bangkok. The local time is 25 minutes past 2:00 pm in the afternoon. - Super excited to be in Bangkok. I'm gonna relax a bit, gonna eat some really good food, and tonight I'm gonna head out to Chinatown to explore a bit and meet up with a friend from Toronto. Who is it? Who is it? Who is on that, get back, where is she, where is she? Hi Cynthia! - Hi, oh my gosh. I love twinning ... The glasses, the red. - You don't have these beads of sweat though. - Oh, soon. No, I got used to it; I've been here for so long. - So many sounds and smells and people. So many amazing options for food here in Chinatown. They've got street vendors and restaurants. Since we are here for Lunar New Year, let's see if we can find dim sum or something Chinese to celebrate. Oh my gosh. Yes ... Yes. They're selling bird's nest, which is a literal bird's nest, as I just discovered. - I didn't know, but I enlightened him. Buy a lot for $1000. - There's our bird's nest. I don't know how I'm gonna do this. - Let me spoon it to you. - You're gonna feed it to me? - Like a mama bird, exactly. You ready? - Is it hot? - It needs to be hot. - It's hot. - Is it good? - Um, it tastes like watery rice. - That's gross. - All right, it's time to head to Singapore. I've got tickets to one of the biggest parades in Asia. It happens every Lunar New Year. Before that, I'm gonna head to Sentosa because I heard that there's a lot of fun stuff to do. We're gonna take one of these cable cars, my favorite things, there they are. Let's go. Sentosa is this beautiful resort island in Singapore. It's got a Universal Studios and a huge aquarium and all these fun attractions. The cable car is the best way to take it all in. Oh my god, it's raining. Oh my god, it's pouring. All right, we're gonna do the Chingay parade tonight, and this is one of the biggest things to happen in Singapore. It's an annual tradition that happens every Lunar New Year. I can see a ton of people. So, we made it to the venue; it's all outdoors. And it's wet. - [Radio Announcer] All right, well, ladies and gentlemen, a very good evening to all. - It is wet. Okay, this is just slightly chaotic. Oh, my god. It's bad enough that it's wet, but we're getting hit in the face with umbrellas. I'm gonna get stabbed in the eye. We're gonna try and find 504 ... Where is 504? So, heading to our seats. It's noisy, it's wet, it's Chingay 2016. It's pretty awesome even though it's raining, everyone's smiling and they're giving it their all. Woo! Taiwan is the last stop on my trip, and I'm not totally sure what to expect. I've never been here before, but I've linked up with a local guide, Lauren, and she's gonna take me to all the local spots. What part of the pork is it? You don't know. It's the mystery part of the pork. That definitely tastes like something they would have at McDonald's. Maybe that's why I like it. I'm gonna get some shopping done here, definitely want to have bubble tea, this is the place to get it, and I'd love to check out some of the temples because I haven't really done a lot of that on this trip, and there are some beautiful temples here. I've also heard that Taiwan has some amazing light installations and lanterns, so I definitely want to check that out. Balls. So, what did you say about the soup? - [Waitress] We can refill, whatever you want. - [Andrew] Oh my god, so unlimited, like free-flow soup. And that's a Taiwanese thing? - [Waitress] Yes, Taiwanese thing. - So I was planning to keep things pretty low-key, but then Lauren told me about an annual tradition called the beehive fireworks. Good morning; I'm about to travel three hours outside Taipei to have fireworks shot at me. This could be the stupidest thing I've ever done in my life. Or the most thrilling; we will see. So I'm sitting in the car and thinking about if I'm gonna die tonight. Okay, we're gonna play fireman. So the fire department's gonna lend us jackets, and the pants. But once you get over the initial shock of fireworks detonating in front of you, it starts to feel a little bit like you're a player in a video game. And knowing the tradition says when you get hit by fireworks, that's good luck, I'm on a mission to do just that. The last thing I'm gonna do on this trip and actually the thing I've been looking forward to the most is the sky lantern festival. I can already see lanterns in the sky, and I'm already excited. All right, we're gonna go decorate our lantern. I'm surrounded by strangers, but it was cool to think about how we were all there for one reason. Some people on their lanterns they wished for money, and some people wished for love, and other people wished for happiness. We were all there to kind of celebrate a new year and hope that things would be better in the future. I think every time you travel, you learn from what you see and from what you do, and from this trip, I think what I learned is to just get out there and participate in tradition. You know, you can find a lot of happiness and peace in very simple things, and I hope that everyone watching this will get out there and explore the world, 'cause there's a lot out there to see ... and to eat, very important. - Hey, I'm Edie Rose and I'm a travel photographer, and I think that the best way to discover the world is to travel on your own. Okay, this is just like a dream. This is literally like a postcard. That was the most incredible thing ever. It was insane; I just can't wait for you to see. I'm just finishing packing my stuff. And Bora Bora, I'm coming. I'm going to Bora Bora for three nights, and I have the feeling that it is going to be pretty amazing. It's so funny 'cause it's still hard for me to realize that I'm living this crazy experience. You see the guys playing the music and everything? How cool is that? It's quite a crazy journey to get to my accommodation. I got off the plane, take a taxi to a boat, and a boat to the resort. Do you see the water flats up there? This is where we are sleeping tonight. The villa I'm staying in is huge, and the coolest thing is that you can wake up in the morning with an amazing view and jump straight from your villa in the water. So yummy, we got lobster. Good morning guys. So, it's almost six o'clock in the morning, and I'm a bit exhausted today, but look at what I woke up to. Isn't it so pretty? I'm going to explore a little bit and try to take some cool photo of the sunrise this morning. Private beach, really? Let's go. Told you they would come out. Oh my god, that hurt. I got a coconut. I love it so much; I'm so happy right now. You know what's next, right? It's breakfast time. Amazing breakfast with an amazing view. I'm in heaven right now. I'm about to go on a whale and shark snorkel safari, coordinated by the Four Seasons. So that's it; it's time to go on a boat. Whoa, look at the fish. You see them? I'm about to go snorkeling with whales and sharks. I'm so excited to go. You can feel them touching you, and it's like the feeling is a bit strange, but then you get used to it, and it is absolutely crazy to me that by swimming at the surface, you get to experience the sea life in such a crazy way. After all that physical activity, I feel so exhausted that I decided to go to the spa. It is very important to pamper yourself sometimes when you're traveling, to recharge your battery. So, I'm about to have right now the Polynesian massage, and this is the first time actually, so I'm excited to discover what it is. It is incredible to see dancing with those huge fire torch. It's kind of scary though, 'cause it's like, "Oh my god, don't burn yourself." Well, all good things come to an end, right? So, this is my last night in Bora Bora. It was way beyond my expectation. I freaking loved it. - [Male Onlooker] Bora bora!

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